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Training Polarization

What does Polarized Training mean? The term “polarized training plan” refers to the amount of time you spend running at a leisurely pace, based on HR 70% PMHR (predicted maximal heart rate), and an RPE (rate of perceived exertion) of 3-4 vs. running at a hard pace of 85-90% of PMHR or RPE of 6-8.  […]
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We All need the power of hope.

“If it hurts to move, then what is the point?  If I won’t get better, why keep after exercise and training?”  Great progress is built upon incremental changes.  As a therapist, I ask myself and the client, “what assistance can decrease movement pain and restriction.  What tissues need to change?  What muscles need to be stronger?  What bones, tendons, and ligaments need stimulation to heal strong enough to return to preinjury levels?”  But before I can implement any therapeutic plan, hope needs to be instilled in the client's psyche. 
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Running, Shin Splints, and the LightSpeed Lift ❤️

Written by Amber Martens In the beginning, The truth is, I never considered myself an athlete. As a teenager, I was not good at sports. I didn’t feel passionate about them, I have never been very coordinated, and I was not competitive enough. Someone could just ask me for the ball, and I would probably […]
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Train WITHOUT Pain!

LightSpeed Lift, Patented Technology
LightSpeed Lift provides up-Lift to decrease impact force, allowing you to run farther and faster with fewer injuries.  The patented “Lift from the Hip'' design offers a comfortable Lift and promotes natural running mechanics and feel.  LightSpeed reduces impact force by 15%. As a result, there is lower stress on the Achilles, knee, and hip, where most running injuries occur.
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Plantar Fasciitis to Podium Finish

Three months away from an Ironman, nagging injuries had Rick Simpson uncertain he could comete. With the advice of a friend, Rick turned to LightSpeed Lift to add needed training without the worry. His results were beyond his dreams.
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Hope leads to motivation.

Three Amigos starting LightSpeed Lift
Since the beginning of the idea that became LightSpeed Lift, Vern Johnson has been a part of the narrative. From helping with early prototype design to inserting his personal experience as a track coach to sitting as a partner from 2012-2020, Vern laid the foundation for the business you know today.   At the end of his official role with LightSpeed Lift, a tragic twist of fate kept Vern involved with LightSpeed Lift.  This time it was HE who needed help.  Vern is now pioneering his own triumphant rehabilitation story.  And we could not be more proud to be by his side. 
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LightSpeed Lift named BEST treadmill tool!

Professional marathoner and LightSpeed Lift advocate Alexi Pappas began using a LightSpeed Lift LSP-400 in 2019 to aid her training after an injury. Alexi swiftly realized that LightSpeed training would benefit her well beyond her rehabilitation. By incorporating anti-gravity treadmill training into her routine, Alexi has maintained her goal pace, even on rest days!
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Game-Changing, Stress-Relieving

By Ben Tilus: XLR8 Performance Lab has used the LightSpeed Lift since starting business in mid-2020. There is simply no way to improve my athlete’s aerobic abilities while putting on muscle if we did not access the LightSpeed Lift. Many of our runners have previously used Alter-G treadmills at considerable personal expense. Everyone has pointed out […]
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The Duluth Runner

LightSpeed Lift is truly for EVERYONE! Those who are relearning to walk after knee surgery, runners wanting to recover with less stress while still running, or high-performance athletes in search of the highest velocity training can all equally benefit from time on the LightSpeed – it is a versatile invention. By “lifting” from the hip, it’s able to provide an unrivaled user experience that improves mechanics, performance, and longevity.
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Improving after 40. Redefining “Peak Fitness”

In my opinion peak fitness is not only for the elites, or something someone experiences once. Rather peak fitness is something we can all achieve when we put focus and drive into it. I don’t think one has to assume that their very best times in a race should be considered peak fitness. Heck, who knew Eliud Kipchoge would run a 1:59:40 marathon! Yet again, maybe he could actually run a 1:58. Do we say he’s at peak fitness or not? It all depends on your definition.
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WDIO LightSpeed Lift Feature.

WDIO News
LightSpeed Lift was featured on WDIO News on November 13th, 2020. The segment featured Duluth, MN-based LightSpeed Lift, about a new study released by Indiana Wesleyan University. Findings from the University highlight feelings users reported of happiness during exercise. Increased feelings of joy will likely lead to more frequent exercise behavior and improved lifestyles.
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Serendipity

“Why LightSpeed?” I asked David. He responded frankly, “because it allows for normal motion. Athletes like to run using it, it's reliable, it's easy to hook up, and it works.” People move better especially when they are recovering from injuries”.
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LightSpeed Lift at LoHi PT

You can run right from the very beginning with good postural alignment and biomechanics through a full range of motion. By unweighting 20 to 30 pounds of body weight during walking or running, impact forces are reduced just enough to allow pain-free functional movement. This, in turn, decreases injuries, helps with your form and efficiency in walking and running, and allows you progressive endurance and stability towards your goal. If you have tender or arthritic joints, it will help you avoid overuse. It keeps you centered on the treadmill, which helps with balance problems. Most importantly, it will make running fun again. Physical therapist and LightSpeed inventor Malcolm Macaulay says that the best part of the machine is that it lets you enjoy the sport.
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I Moved With Fear.

With the use of the Lift, I am once again able to reach a base pace that I hadn’t been able to touch for years. No longer do I feel I am tripping over my own left foot. This has carried over into the long walks on the ground I do outside daily as well, and my yoga practice. I finally can move without holding and forcing.
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